Monthly Archives: July 2008

SSIS for IT Professionals

One of the "Tech*Talk" video interviews I recorded during Microsoft’s TechEd conference last month in Orlando is now online. I talked with Joey Snow of the TechNet Edge web site about SQL Server Integration Services for IT Pros. You can … Continue reading

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SSIS Community Samples on CodePlex

The SSIS team has just published the first two of a set of community samples to the CodePlex site. Take a look here: http://www.codeplex.com/SQLSrvIntegrationSrv The exciting thing is that these samples include both a binary redistributable and source code, so … Continue reading

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Check Out This Lineup!

I’ve posted before about the Business Intelligence Virtual Conference I’m helping to organize. Even though I have not had much to say about this exciting event in the last few weeks, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t been feverishly busy … Continue reading

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SQL Connections, Revisited

I just posted about the two breakout sessions I’ll be presenting at the Fall SQL Server Connections Conference in Las Vegas. Just in case you’re wondering if it’s worth it, I want to share with you some attendee comments from … Continue reading

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What Happens in BIDS, Stays in BIDS

That’s right – it’s time to start planning for the Fall 2008 SQL Server Connections Conference in Las Vegas. It’s going to be held at the Manadalay Bay Resort and Casino from November 10th through November 13th, and there are … Continue reading

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Data Visualization Gone Wrong

Or perhaps gone horribly, horribly right. http://graphjam.com I must say "thank you" to Ken for sharing this URL. We all knew that charts and graphs could be staggeringly funny, but we never knew just how funny they could be. Until … Continue reading

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Outlook and Time Zones

I travel quite a bit for work (and occasionally for pleasure) and I like to track my itineraries in Outlook so I don’t lose track of things and miss my flights. This also allows me to have everything at my … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Ted!

Congratulations are in order – my friend and colleague Ted Malone has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Visual Studio Team System. So take a moment and send Ted a word of congratulations, and remember to ask … Continue reading

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SSIS – Changing Variable Scope

If you read my last blog post about SnagIt, you already know that when I was creating the package for my "putting dates in file names" blog post, I inadvertently created the variables at the data flow scope, when I … Continue reading

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SnagIt++

I blogged on TechSmith’s delightful SnagIt application almost a year ago and have been using it daily ever since. SnagIt is one of those applications that’s kind of hard to describe (why would anyone spend money for something like this … Continue reading

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